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A Bitter Song

Short Film (Full Length) – 1990

Writer/director Athina Tsoulis's short film is a portrait of an immigrant Greek family in 1950s Auckland. The story focusses on middle child Thalia (Alexa Tsoulis Reay), who enjoys a close relationship with her mother Despina (Vicky Yiannoutsos). Father Dimitri (Yianni Tsitsiridakis) is a macho former soldier who frustrates his wife with his frequent nights out at the 'mens' club'. When Thalia goes to hospital for an operation, her feelings about her dad change. Tsoulis was born in Greece and grew up in Australia in a large Greek community. A Bitter Song features the Greek language and Lucy Lawless in an early film role.

You could spend one evening with your children.
– Despina (Vicky Yiannoutsos) watches husband Dimitri (Yianni Tsitsiridakis) head out for another night with the boys

Key Cast & Crew

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Rewa Harre

Camera Operator

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Lucy Lawless

As: Nurse #1

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Vicky Yiannoutsos

As: Despina (mum)

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Alexa Tsoulis-Reay

As: Thalia

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Yianni Tsitsiridakis

As: Dimitri (dad)

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Athina Tsoulis

Director, Writer

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Produced by

Athina Tsoulis